Kristaps Porzingis is making it clear that he believes the Knicks will make the playoffs this year. Winning five of the last six games, one of which was over Cleveland, the young team cannot be overlooked. Porzingis is currently averaging 30 points (2nd overall), 7.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 2.2 blocks (3rd overall), and 1.7 three-point field goals made per game. Scoring 30 points in five games so far and posting a career high of 38 against the Nuggets followed by another career high 40 points against the Pacers, he is proving that he can take his game to an unprecedented level. With other Knicks players speaking publicly about making it to the playoffs, this is clearly a goal of the team.
Porzingis can credit this hot start and winning streak to all the work he put in over the offseason. Hitting the gym hard, working on building muscle mass and strength has been proven beneficial not only to his Eurobasket season, where he averaged 21.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game while leading the team to the quarterfinals, but to such a successful start to the season.